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    About 70 players took part in a tournament over the July 4 holiday at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament took the place of the Atomic City Invitational, which was canceled this year due to low participation numbers.

  • Transparency still lacking

    So how are we doing on government transparency? It was a major issue during the last gubernatorial campaign. Former Gov. Bill Richardson was raked over the coals for alleged corruption in the investment of billions of state dollars in worthless securities.
    Gov. Susana Martinez promised to do much better. A year and a half into her administration the results are mixed. The governor has been criticized for slow responses to records requests and heavily redacted records. The attorney general and state auditor are looking into whether there was some type of collusion in the award of the state fair racino bid.

  • Relationship built on trust

    Mauro Nava’s seven-year relationship with microlender Accion New Mexico-Arizona-Colorado paid off when the Mexico City native and his Ukrainian-born business partner, Olena Dziuba, decided to open a health clinic to serve residents of Albuquerque’s underserved South Valley.
    Clínica la Esperanza opened in October 2011 at Bridge and Isleta boulevards with seed money from the two partners to remodel the building and a line of credit from Accion to pay bills until the business started generating revenue.
    Nava first contacted Accion in 2005 for funds to start a mobile radiography business called On-Site Radiography. Nava’s perfect payment history on past Accion loans made him a good candidate for the most recent investment.

  • Coalition picks director

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities has a new executive director.

    After a search, the coalition announced Friday that the MVM Group has been selected to provide Executive Director services to help move the Coalition forward.

    The MVM Group is a strategic consulting firm focused on the intersection of business strategy, public policy and reputation management.

    Partners DeAnza Valencia Sapien, Yasine Mogharreban Armstrong and Lillian Montoya-Rael lead the firm.
    Sapien, a New Mexico attorney, will assume lead role of Executive Director for the coalition.

  • Pueblo Declares State of Emergency

    Too little, too late is the way some tribal officials describe the federal government’s failure to release $39 million promised to Santa Clara Pueblo to mitigate flooding in the aftermath of the Las Conchas wildfire.

    Governor Walter Dasheno and the Santa Clara Tribal Council declared a state of emergency Thursday after flood waters raced down Santa Clara Creek Wednesday, the second time in a week.  The flood waters — estimated at 2,200 to 2,300 cubic feet per second (CFS) — gouged six feet out of Santa Clara Creek, exposing gas lines buried at least four feet below the surface.

  • Wilson talks GOP convention, labs

    Heather Wilson is not going to the Republican Convention in Tampa at the end of August.

    Numerous media outlets have reported that Wilson will spend her time campaigning.
    But there is another reason.

    Wilson said last week that she was not going to the convention so she could give her spot to Gov. Susana Martinez’s husband Chuck Franco.

  • Coyote encounters on the rise

    Due to a rash of recent coyote sightings in the area, Los Alamos officials are again reminding residents they share the trails, canyons and even the streets with them.

    “They become habituated to suburban and urban environments, so it’s not uncommon for you to see them walking down the street of your neighborhood; it’s not unusual at all” said Phil Taylor, emergency management coordinator for Los Alamos.

    With that in mind, Taylor said residents should keep their pets close, especially when hiking the trails around town.

    “Once pets enter the canyons, they join the food chain, and the coyote is one of the top predators in that food chain,” said Taylor.

  • Update 07-15-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday-Friday for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    Chamber FAN Club

    The July FAN Club will be hosted by Tasty Creations by Jarda for chamber members.
    Private Chef/Caterer Jarda Belmonte will host the event from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

  • Ex-state regulator jailed for probation violation

    SANTA FE (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. is back in jail.
    Records show Block was arrested Friday and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a probation violation.
    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that Block is being held without bond but the circumstances around his arrest are unclear.
    In March, Block avoided a lengthy prison sentence when a state judge gave him probation for election law violations, misuse of taxpayer money and other felonies.
    Block had faced up to 4 1/2 years in prison after failing to comply with a plea deal requirement to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program.

  • Cone Zone 07-14-12

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.

    N.M. 4 Improvements Project
    Motorists can expect a relatively open roadway this week with temporary tabs marking driving lanes. Permanent striping and roadway markings will be placed in approximately two weeks, allowing the latest pavement application adequate time to cure. As the contractor works to finish up any remaining median or shoulder work, intermittent lane closures can be expected. The speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles.

    Pavement Preservation Program